Watch The Word Alive’s video for ‘Trapped’


It’s been a week since The Word Alive released their fourth studio album, Dark Matter. On Thursday (March 24), the group released the music video for their lead single, “Trapped.” Like the song, which frontman Telle Smith revealed back in January was about what’s it’s like to be confined to your vices, the protagonist of the clip is going through his own issues.

The music video premiered exclusively through Billboard and in conjunction with its released, Smith spoke to the publication about why this video might be his favorite to date. “While filming the music video for ‘Trapped’ with director Marcus Eden we knew instantly that it would be our favorite video to date. It’s able to capture a depth to our band and the meaning behind the song in a way we’ve never accomplished before,” explains Smith.

“‘Trapped’ is about the inescapability of our overthinking and progress-restricting behavior. We all have something we struggle with internally, and sometimes we have to realize our mind can be a strange dark place, and our own worst enemy.”

Watch the music video for “Trapped” below.

“Trapped” is the lead single off of the band’s recently released album, Dark Matter. In the same interview, smith shed some light about the record and how it came to be and how it expresses who they are at the moment.

Dark Matter is the result of our most in-depth writing and recording session we’ve done, and is something we consider to be our most dynamic and expansive album to date. This record completely defines and expresses who we are, and where we are going, taking the listener to the darkest and most honest places our band has dared to venture.”

The Word Alive just finished wrapping up their “Dark Matter North American Tour” earlier this month. Earlier this week, it was announced that they will be hitting the road this summer as one of the many bands on the 2016 Vans Warped Tour.

Stream The Word Alive’s New Song, “Trapped”


Less than a month after announcing plans to release a brand new album in the spring of 2016, The Word Alive have dropped the first song off the album. On Friday (Jan. 8), the Arizona-based band premiered the first single off of their fourth studio album. The song is titled “Trapped,” the same track that was played in the trailer for the new album. According to a statement from frontman Telle Smith, the song will hit a chord with listeners who knows what it’s like to be confined to their vices or know someone who’s got that issue and what it’s like to detach yourself from it.

“If you know what it’s like to feel confined to your vices or someone who is, you’ll feel the intensity of’ ‘Trapped.’ Whether your fix is drugs, alcohol, sex, or physiological insecurities, we all have something that can hold us back. ‘Trapped’ is about that feeling, and trying to crawl out of the hole that can be our heads.”

Listen to “Trapped” below.

The Word Alive’s impending record, Dark Matter, is scheduled to be released on March 18 through Fearless Records. In support of the upcoming album, the band will be hitting the road for the “Dark Matter North American Tour” with Fit For a King, Out Came the Wolves, and a special unannounced guest. The trek will begin on Feb. 19, 2016 at the Soma in San Diego, CA and wrap up a month later on March 20, 2016 at the ninth annual So What?! Music Festival in Grand Prairie, TX . The complete list of tour dates can be seen here.

Dark Matter is the follow-up to The Word Alive’s 2014 release, Real.

The Word Alive to Release New Album, Tour in Early 2016


If you’re a fan of The Word Alive, then boy do we have good news for you. On Friday (Dec. 18), the Arizona-based band revealed that they will be releasing their fourth studio album in the new year. The record will be titled Dark Matter and is set to be released on March 18, 2016 through Fearless Records.

Pre-orders for the new album are currently available on the band’s website. The news of the new album comes a month after frontman Telle Smith broke a rib, fractured another one, and broke a bone in his spine while stage diving at a show during their tour with Motionless in White and The Devil Wears Prada.

Pre-orders for Dark Matter are currently available on the band’s website. The trailer for the new record can be seen below which also features a snippet of a new song titled “Trapped.”

In addition to the new album news and the snippet of the new song, the band also revealed that they will be hitting the road in the new year in support of the new material. The “Dark Matter North American Tour” will kick off on Feb. 19, 2016 at the Soma in San Diego, CA and wrap up a month later on March 20, 2016 at the ninth annual So What?! Music Festival in Grand Prairie, TX .

Fit for a King and Out Came the Wolves will support The Word Alive during the upcoming trek. According to the official tour poster, which can be seen below, a special guest will also be unveiled in early 2016. Anyone wants to guess who will be joining The Word Alive as a special guest on their upcoming tour? (We don’t know either, so don’t worry.)